James Bridgeforth
James  Bridgeforth

James Bridgeforth

Cohort: 2019

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

University of Georgia
MEd, Educational Administration and Policy

Georgia College & State University
BA, Political Science
BA, Sociology



K-12 Education Policy

Research Interest

Race and education

K-12 education policy and reform

Privatization and charter schools

Teacher activism

School leadership

College student access and persistence 


Research Center

USC Race & Equity Center

James Bridgeforth

James Bridgeforth is a doctoral student at the Rossier School of Education and a research associate in the USC Race and Equity Center. He holds bachelors degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Georgia College & State University and a masters degree in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia. While at Georgia College, James was President of the Student Ambassador Team, a Community Advisor, President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a member of the President's Commission on Diversity. After graduation, he worked as a Regional Admissions Counselor and Lead Diversity Recruiter in the Office of Admissions at Georgia College.

After two years in this role, James transitioned to a career in K-12 education as a first grade teacher. He later worked as a founding third grade teacher leader for a public charter school focused on project-based learning and personalized learning. Immediately prior to joining the Rossier School of Education, James taught third grade at a traditional neighborhood school in Atlanta, Georgia.

His primary research interests include exploring teacher activism and mobilization in schools, the impact of the charter school movement on Black and Latinx communities, culturally responsive school leadership, and first generation students' access to college and persistence through college.



Professional Experience:

Research Associate-USC Race and Equity Center (2019-Present)

Third Grade Teacher -Fred A. Toomer Elementary School (2018-2019)

Second and Third Grade Teacher Leader-Brookhaven Innovation Academy (2016-2018)

First Grade Teacher-KIPP Vision Primary School (2015-2016)

Regional Admissions Counselor-Office of Admissions, Georgia College & State University (2013-2015)



Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Major Award, Political Science (2012)
-Georgia College Department of Government and Sociology

Outstanding Major Award, Sociology (2013)
-Georgia College Department of Government and Sociology

Selected Publications

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